Benjamin Bratt (born December 16, 1963) is an American actor.
Bratt's mother, Eldy Banda is a Quechua Native American activist, born in Lima, who moved to the U.S. at age 14. Born in San Francisco, California, Bratt attended Lowell High School, where he developed his dramatic and oratory skills as a member of the Lowell Forensic Society. Bratt went on to earn a B.F.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he also joined Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Although accepted into the M.F.A. program at the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California, he left before receiving his degree to star in the television series, Juarez, which never aired. His brother Peter Bratt wrote and directed Follow Me Home.
As a child, Bratt's mother took Bratt along with his siblings to participate in the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz . Today Bratt is an active supporter of Native American causes such as the American Indian College Fund .
Bratt's best-known role was that...
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The Great Raid is a 2005 war film which tells the story of the January 1945 liberation of the Cabanatuan Prison Camp during World War II. It is directed by John Dahl and stars Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco and Connie Nielsen with Filipino actor Cesar Montano. In the United States, it is rated R for strong war violence and brief language. The principal photography took place from July 4, to November 6, 2002, but its release was delayed several times from the original target of fall 2003.
The film opened in theaters across America on August 12, 2005, three days before the 60th anniversary of V-J Day.
The film has a notable difference in tone from other World War II films. Instead of a chaotic battle sequence (such as the one in Saving Private Ryan), it shows a carefully choreographed U.S. Army Rangers raid in the climactic scene, paralleling more closely the actual raid.
The real-life efforts of Filipino National Forces are also specifically highlighted, especially a...
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The Woodsman is a 2004 film directed by Nicole Kassell. The movie stars Kevin Bacon as a pedophile who must adjust to life after prison.
Bacon plays Walter, a convicted child molester returning home after a 12-year stint in prison. Walter finds that his friends and family have abandoned him, with the exception of his brother-in-law, played by Benjamin Bratt. He gets a job at a lumber mill, where he meets Vicki, a love interest played by Kyra Sedgwick. Walter receives frequent visits from a cop played by Mos Def to make sure he is keeping away from children. In the movie he must deal with the temptations around him, including a nearby playground and a young bird-watcher in the woods, as well as the appearance of a man whom he suspects is a fellow pedophile.
The movie was shot in Philadelphia, which is the hometown of cast members Kevin Bacon, and Eve, as well as the birthplace of director Nicole Kassell. Due in whole or in part to this, Bacon wanted to speak with a thicker ...,
Catwoman is a 2004 film directed by Pitof and released by Warner Brothers on July 23, 2004. It is based off the comic character Catwoman. The movie was adapted by John D. Brancato, Michael Ferris, and John Rogers from a story by Theresa Rebeck, Brancato, and Ferris. The film stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy, and Alex Borstein. It was poorly received by critics and moviegoers (see Films considered the worst ever).
Patience Phillips (Halle Berry) is a shy, timid woman working for a cosmetics company. One morning, she sees a cat outside her window. Thinking it is stuck, she climbs out onto a ledge and nearly falls off. A Detective named Tom Lone, spots her and thinks she is attempting suicide, and rescues her from falling. He didn't see the cat that Patience said she was rescuing until it was walking around her apartment. After believing her story the two gradually form a relationship.
While delivering a new design to her boss, Patience...,
Abandon is a thriller film released by Paramount Pictures in the US and Buena Vista Distribution internationally in 2002. Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, Abandon stars Katie Holmes as a college student whose boyfriend (played by Charlie Hunnam) disappeared two years previously. Despite being set at an American university, much of the movie was filmed in Canada at McGill University's McConnell Hall. It is based on the book Adams Fall by Sean Desmond . Incidentally, the book was re-titled Abandon for the movie tie-in paperback printing.The film co-stars Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Whitmere, with Benjamin Bratt playing the detective investigating the boyfriend's disappearance. It received generally negative reviews, with Variety magazine dismissing it as "a tricked-up Fatal Attraction wannabe". Coincidentally, Fatal Attraction was also released by Paramount....,
Piñero (2001) is a movie about the troubled life of Nuyorican poet and playwright Miguel Piñero, starring Benjamin Bratt, Talisa Soto, Rita Moreno and Loraine Velez.
It was directed and written by Leon Ichaso and co-produced by John Leguizamo.
Piñero at the Internet Movie Database...
Traffic is an award-winning 2000 crime/drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It explores the intricacies of the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a trafficker, whose lives affect each other even though they do not meet. The film is an adaptation of the British Channel 4 television series Traffik. In 2004, USA Network ran a miniseries — also called Traffic — based on the movie.
Film scholar Alissa Quart has described Traffic as the first in a category of films that she calls 'hyperlink movies', in which multiple stories take place, each affecting the other in ways that characters are unaware of, all the while using radically different aesthetic and cinematics techniques to define the mise en scène of each storyline.
The film begins in Mexico, where police officer Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) and his partner, Manolo, stop a drug transport and arrest the couriers. Their arrest is interrupted by General Salazar, a...,
Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy/thriller film directed by Donald Petrie, starring Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt. A sequel, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous was released in 2005.
Gracie Hart (Bullock) is an FBI agent who goes undercover in the fictional Miss United States scholarship program/beauty pageant, on the lookout for a serial bomber. She is a feminist who is not traditionally attractive, and is turned into a more attractive woman going by the name of Gracie Lou Freebush... with the same tomboyish habits. She is seen overreacting to a gun-toting Texan, wearing a Tyrolean for her talent competition, much to the dismay of her mentor, Victor Melling (Michael Caine) and the director of the competition and former queen, Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergen), and using her on-stage talent to demonstrate self-defence techniques.
In the pageant itself, Hart was tabbed to advance to the top 15, but gets through on talent alone for the rest of the pageant; she eventually...,
Red Planet is a 2000 science fiction film directed by Antony Hoffman, starring Val Kilmer.
Earth in 2045 is in a state of crisis due to severe pollution and overpopulation. Automated missions have seeded Mars with atmosphere-producing algae as the first stage in terraforming the planet.
Twelve years later, when the oxygen quantity produced by the algae inexplicably lowers, the crew of Mars-1 must find out why, and continue their mission of making the red planet suitable for human colonization.
On the way to Mars, the crew plays cards and drinks lab-made alcohol while getting to know one another. A few notable discussions about science and spirituality occur: Quinn Burchenal, the genetics expert (Tom Sizemore), is a staunch atheist. Aging scientist and surgeon Bud Chantillas (Terence Stamp) is more philosophical, having realized long ago that "science could not answer any of the really interesting questions." Mechanical Systems Engineer and "space janitor" Robby Gallagher (Val Kilmer)...,
The Next Best Thing (Working Title: One-Night-Stand) is a 2000 comedy-drama film directed by John Schlesinger starring Rupert Everett, Madonna, and Benjamin Bratt.
The film is about two best friends—one a straight woman, Abbie (Madonna), the other a gay man, Robert (Everett)—who decide to have a child together. Five years later, Abbie falls in love with a straight man (Bratt) and wants to move away with him and Robert's little boy, Sam. A nasty, full-of-surprises custody battle ensues.
The film was a critical and commercial disappointment. Madonna won a Razzie award for worst actress, and the film was nomimated for other Razzies including Worst Director, Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay. Critic Roger Ebert gave the film 1 Star, stating: "The Next Best Thing is a garage sale of gay issues, harnessed to a plot as exhausted as a junkman's horse." . Although considered a disappointment; the film managed to earn back its $25 million budget with a U.S. gross of $15 million...,
Exiled: A Law & Order Movie is a 1998 television movie that is based on the Law & Order television series; it originally aired on NBC. Written by Charles Kipps and Chris Noth (a Law & Order original cast member, until producers ousted him in 1995), the movie revolves around Noth's Det. Mike Logan character.
The movie's plot starts years after Logan's last major act in the Law & Order storyline continuity (the 1995 episode in which he punches a corrupt politician/murder suspect on the courthouse steps, in front of reporters). As bureaucratic payback for assaulting a public official, Logan's career lies in ruins. Although kept on the force, he has been demoted and "administratively re-assigned" to port patrol duty on Staten Island -- the NYPD's career graveyard. While struggling to cope with feelings of resentment and isolation, fate offers him a chance at redemption.
From here, the movie turns into a whodunit, in largely the same style as a late-1990s L&O...
Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the book of the same name by Tom Clancy.
In the novel, Jack Ryan is thrown into the position of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Acting Deputy Director and discovers that he is being kept in the dark by his colleagues who are conducting a covert war against drug lords in Colombia.
The movie opens with the United States Coast Guard stopping a suspicious yacht, finding that the owner and his family had been murdered by several men still operating the craft. The murdered man happens to have been a close friend of President of the United States, Bennett. President Bennett finds out that the man was murdered because of his ties to the Cali Cartel, having skimmed over $600 million from the Cartel for his own use. In his anger, the President tells James Cutter, his National Security Advisor, that the Colombian drug cartels represent "a clear and present danger" to the U.S., indirectly giving Cutter unofficial...,
Demolition Man is an American science fiction-action film released in 1993. It was directed by Marco Brambilla, written by Peter M. Lenkov, Robert Reneau and Daniel Waters, and produced by Joel Silver and Howard Kazanjian. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Nigel Hawthorne and Sandra Bullock. Some aspects of the movie allude to Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel, Brave New World.
The film is a story about two men, one an evil crime lord and the other a risk-taking police officer, who are cryonically frozen in the year 1996 and reawakened to face each other in 2032, by which point Los Angeles has become part of a utopian planned city.
Demolition Man grossed $58,055,768 by the end of its run at the North American box office.
John Spartan is the 21st Century's most dangerous cop.
Simon Phoenix is its most ruthless criminal.
THE FUTURE ISN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF THEM.
Although the initial scenes are set in a dystopian version of Los Angeles, circa 1996, most of the film is set in...,
Blood In Blood Out (also known as Bound by Honor) is a 1993 film directed by Taylor Hackford. It follows the intertwining lives of the three Chicano relatives, Miklo (Damian Chapa), Cruzito (Jesse Borrego) and Paco (Benjamin Bratt) from 1972 through to the mid 1980s. They start out as members of the street gang Vatos Locos in East Los Angeles and as dramatic incidents occur, their lives and friendships are forever changed. Blood In Blood Out was filmed throughout the Spanish-speaking areas of Los Angeles and inside San Quentin State Prison.
Cruz and Paco are brothers of Hispanic origin. Miklo is their biracial cousin, who was brought up in the same household. However, his White appearance (fair skin, blonde hair and blue eyes) from his White father has made him less accepted among the people of El Pico Aliso barrio, where they have all grown up. It has also earned him the nickname "Milkweed."
On his return from juvenile hall, Miklo visits his mother, who is actually the younger...,
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